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and have finally started to “stack wins”. After their 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8 Ernie Stautner Jersey , the team has to move on quickly as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens, on the road, in Week 9. Something I did last season and I’m going to start again is the Black-and-gold Links article. This is an article where I take stories from quality news sources across the Internet and add them here for your viewing pleasure. I won’t be posting the entire articles, but I’ll link each story and author so that you can read the full article. Today we talk about how every single report or rumor which has swirled around the Steelers’ All-Pro running back, Le’Veon Bell, has proven to be pure poppycock. They said he would report for Week 1. Didn’t happen.They said he would report during the bye week.Didn’t happen.They said he would report after the NFL trade deadline.Didn’t happen.It seems as if the only person who knows when Bell is coming back is Bell himself. Despite this situation, with each additional James Conner touchdown, it seems less and less likely he shows anytime soon. Could Bell pull a no-show for the entire rest of the season? He could, and I doubt Steelers fans would have any issue with that at this point.Let’s get to the news:Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell still no-show as trade deadline passesBy: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewMike Tomlin was wrapping up his news conference Tuesday afternoon when he was asked the obligatory weekly question about Le’Veon Bell’s delayed return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.“Anyyy other questions?” Tomlin said, raising his voice into a high pitch while elongating the first word.Tomlin smiled and walked away as laughter filled the room.Nothing had changed. It was another day without Bell at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, although, like most others, this one had extra significance.It was NFL trading deadline day, the final chance for the Steelers to ship their star running back to another team if Bell reported and signed his franchise-tag tender first.Since that didn’t happen by 4 p.m., Bell is free to report to the team without fear of being traded once he puts his name on the $14.55 million contract that has been reduced by $6.84 million because of his eight-week absence.The next date on the calendar to watch is Nov. 13. Bell must sign his contract by 4 p.m. that day. If he doesn’t Joe Haden Jersey , he can’t play in the NFL this season.Bell’s teammates long ago gave up speculating when he might arrive, and they’ve thrown their support behind James Conner, who is third in the NFL with 599 rushing yards. On Sunday, he became the first running back in franchise history to record a third consecutive game of 100-plus-yards rushing with two touchdowns.“I don’t want to talk about it because he’s not here,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said on his weekly 93.7 FM radio segment. “When he gets here, we’ll talk about it. Until he’s here, I’ll talk about James and the guys that are helping us win now.”Thanks to Conner’s spiking yardage totals, the Steelers have won three games in a row and take a 4-2-1 record into their game on Sunday in Baltimore (4-4).Conner was held to 19 yards on nine carries when the Ravens defeated the Steelers, 26-14, on Sept. 30 at Heinz Field. Since then, Conner has rushed for 367 yards on 64 carries, a 5.7 average. He has scored six touchdowns in that span, increasing his season total to nine.“Keep it going,” guard David DeCastro said. “I think it’s one of the things that is the standard. I don’t think anyone is really surprised by it. No one is over here hooting and hollering and getting really excited about it.“I think everyone’s like, ‘Let’s keep doing it.’ That’s what we pride ourselves on week-to-week and repeating it.”Kevin Gorman: Steelers’ best move is one they didn’t makeBy: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJust hours before the NFL trade deadline James Washington Jersey , Mike Tomlin was asked about whether he expected the Pittsburgh Steelers to make any moves.“I haven’t thought a lot about it, to be honest with you,” Tomlin said, stern and stiff-lipped. “I’m sure the phone will ring. We’ll see what happens. But more than anything, I’ve just been focused on Baltimore.”Over the next three hours, a handful of deals were completed around the league: The Texans traded for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the Eagles for wide receiver Golden Tate, the Rams for defensive end Dante Fowler, the Redskins for safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and even the Ravens for running back Ty Montgomery.The Steelers stood pat.Like it or not, that’s business as usual for the Steelers in October. Their wheeling and dealing has been done around the NFL Draft and before the start of the season, not at the trade deadline.The best move is the one they didn’t make.Le’Veon Bell didn’t sign his franchise tag tender, so the Steelers couldn’t trade the All-Pro running back who has boycotted the offseason and the first seven games. Perhaps this was his plan all along, to wait until after the trade deadline to report so he couldn’t be dealt.Like him or not, Bell is better than any player who was traded Tuesday and would provide the Steelers the best boost if he ever decides to show up and play. He has until Nov. 14 to report, but it’s a crapshoot to say if and when he will arrive at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.Bell just doesn’t play cornerback, the position of need.The Steelers were smart not to press the panic button Stephon Tuitt Jersey , refusing to overreact to the concerns at the corner opposite Joe Haden. Perhaps that will come back to bite them if Artie Burns keeps showing up late to the Saturday walk-through, if Coty Sensabaugh’s toe injury is worse than anticipated and if Cameron Sutton can’t cut it as a cover corner.Telling from Tomlin was how he answered a question about why the Steelers put a premium on protecting draft picks, instead of playing fantasy football and using them to acquire players with pedigree.“We believe in homegrown talent,” Tomlin said. “We invest time and resources into the development of players. Players buy into what we’re selling and work their tails off to improve and be reasons why we’re successful. I think it’s difficult to walk away from relationships when people are invested. We’re invested. The players are invested.”James Conner’s numbers hard to ignore, with or without Le’VeonBy: Jeremy Fowler, ESPNThe fans inside Heinz Field weren’t the only ones chanting James Conner’s name during Sunday’s 212-yard performance against the Cleveland Browns.Apparently Ben Roethlisberger’s son was, too.“I texted [Conner] and I told him, ‘James, it must have been pretty cool to have [Heinz Field] chanting ‘Con-ner, but you want to know something that’s even cooler -- when I come home and play catch with my son and every time he catches it he’s you,’” Roethlisberger recalled on his weekly radio show Tuesday. “I said, ‘Thanks for being a good role model and please don’t ever stop understanding that everything you do you have a chance to be an amazing role model.’”The Conner project is off to a roaring seven-game start, which doesn’t discount Le’Veon Bell’s brilliance on the field over five seasons. But it does raise questions about how the Steelers should handle the running back position when Bell returns.One obvious question is, should the Steelers ride the hot hand?If building an NFL team, a full-strength Bell over Conner is the logical pick. The Steelers would probably make that pick. Bell is an All-Pro with a versatile skill set not seen since the days of Marshall Faulk. His raw production -- 128.9 total yards per game from 2013-17 -- is unmatched for a five-year stretch.But Bell’s two-month absence has complicated matters. Conner has 922 scrimmage yards, the second most in franchise history through seven games -- behind Bell’s 938 yards in 2014. His 367 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns the past three weeks are why it’s “not hard to figure out” why fans chanted Conner’s name Jesse James Jersey , coach Mike Tomlin said.Bell hasn’t touched an NFL practice field in nearly 10 months. And though Steelers players are intrigued by a killer two-back system, the offense has been a one-back, workhorse attack for as long as Bell has worn the black and gold. The Pittsburgh Steelers are approaching training camp, and we provide some potential predictions for 2019." Latest NewsFeatures and Long FormJames Conner will eclipse Le’Veon Bell’s greatest single season rushing total in 2019New,38commentsThe Pittsburgh Steelers are approaching training camp, and we provide some potential predictions for 2019. EDTWith 3 days to go until the start of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, we continue our 30 predictions in 30 days series with another bold claim for 2019.Alternating daily between myself and BTSC Editor Jeff Hartman, we will offer our forecasts for the upcoming season. Some will be team oriented, while others will be specific to individual players. Posing an argument for and against our predictions, we invite you to weigh in on the debate as well.Following on from Jeff’s claim that James Conner will have 17 total touchdowns in 2019, I offer up another projection for the young running back this yearPrediction: James Conner will record more rushing yards in 2019 than Le’Veon Bell ever did during a single season in Pittsburgh. Why it will happen: In five seasons with the Steelers, Le’Veon Bell surpassed the 1000-yard mark three times, his best single season rushing total coming in 2014 when he recorded 1.361 yards during his second season. In 2019, James Conner will eclipse that number.Bell hit that target off the back of 290 carries and a 4.7 yard average five years ago, figures that are not too far out of line with the number of carries that Conner would have seen in 2018 if not for his injury. Back-to-back season of 4.5 yards per carry also suggests the young running back could achieve a similar total with the same number of attempts.Running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league will not hurt Conner’s cause too much either, a unit that is notably improved on the group that blocked for Bell in 2014 if only because of their experience. However Ryan Shazier Jersey , while it might be fair to say that Alejandro Villanueva is an upgrade over Kelvin Beachum, Matt Feiler is not quite the player that Marcus Gilbert was back then.Entering his third season in the league, it is reasonable to expect to see further improvement from Conner, and with the Steelers forced to adapt to the loss of Antonio Brown, there is every chance he will get more opportunities in 2019 if the offense opts to be less pass happy as a consequence. Why it won’t happen: In a league where throwing the ball is king, the significance of the running game has declined annually and the total we are suggesting for Conner would have made him the NFL’s second leading rushing in 2018. Ben Roethlisberger led the league in passing yards last season and there a few teams in the NFL who throw on short yardage as much as the Steelers. Even five years ago, the chances of Pittsburgh running the ball when they need three yards or less were much higher than they are now and Conner is likely to struggle to record the number of attempts his predecessor once saw.The Steelers outspoken commitment to lightening the load of their starting running has reared its head once again this offseason, and should they finally be able to put that into practice, Conner will never come close to touching 1,300 yards. The two talented young back behind him on the depth chart should also eat into his carries. And while we only have a small sample size to go on, Conners inability to stay healthy so far during his professional career cast doubt on any statistical projections. <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="X2swa1">What are your thoughts on this prediction? Do you think it will happen? Or are we crazy? Let us know by voting in the poll, and letting your voice be heard in the comment section below!
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